AltStore for Mac

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.0
  • 4.2
  • (17)
  • Security Status

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Install third-party apps on Apple devices without jailbreak

Everyone knows that Apple is incredibly strict when it comes to the apps that they allow into their App Store. In fact, Apple’s stringent regulations on apps are part of the company’s appeal, as it ensures that the security of iOS users is not compromised when downloading apps from the App Store. Of course, not everyone likes Apple’s strict limitations. Riley Testut is an app developer that decided to create an alternative to the App Store, appropriately calling it AltStore. With AltStore, users will be able to install apps without being limited to Apple’s selection.

How Does It Work?

One of the best things about this app store is that it doesn’t require jailbreaking your device for it to work. Using AltStore, Apple will think that the apps you installed are developed by the owner. As such, it would be very difficult to crack down on these apps because they may negatively affect users who are legitimately creating new apps. Of course, the AltStore is not a perfect app, as it requires a bit of advanced set up to get it started. For example, users will need to download the AltServer for the AltStore to work properly. It also requires advanced knowledge of firewall and Wi-Fi settings. AltStore also needs a Wi-Fi connection to install and refresh apps. That said, it is not necessary to keep AltServer running to use AltStore. But, it wouldn’t hurt either as AltServer doesn’t negatively impact the device when it is open. With the Testut’s AltStore, users will have more freedom to choose which apps to install into their devices. Although the very idea of the tool would be against Apple’s high-security appeal, having it as an option for other users would be highly appreciated. The fact that jailbreaking is not necessary is just a plus.


  • No need to jailbreak
  • Can install third-party apps
  • Open-source


  • Requires AltServer
  • Not for beginners

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AltStore for Mac

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.0
  • 4.2
  • (17)
  • Security Status

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